Gather the latke recipes, the dreidels, and the jelly-filled donuts. Hanukkah is here (Dec 16 - 24), and we're celebrating the season with a curated batch of royalty-free images for the days and events ahead. Enjoy! Each image is available for downloading. 

 
 
 
 

Want to continue to the celebration? Check out our Happy Hanukkah lightbox below, curated with even more royalty-free images.

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AuthorAshley Hefnawy
CategoriesGalleries

This method to punch up the vibrancy and saturation of a photo is mega fast and easy. For this example, I'm using this fun Bigstock photo.

1. Open the File in Photoshop.

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2. Duplicate the Background Layer. A quick way to do this is to select the Layer, and then hit Command- J (Control-J in Windows). Otherwise, in the Layers palette, you can drag the Background Layer to the New Layer icon at the bottom of the palette.

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3. Change the blending mode to Hard Light. With the new top Layer selected, use the pull down menu in the Layers palette and select a Hard Light blending mode.

Blending mode pulldown menu

Blending mode pulldown menu

Select hard light blending mode

Select hard light blending mode

4. Adjust the Opacity (optional). If you feel the vibrancy is too much, you can pull it back by lowering the opacity of the top layer. 

 
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Ta dah. Here's our final beautiful vibrant product! 

But why stop there? You can go on to give the model in your photo sparkling eyes with this quick Photoshop Tutorial. Happy creating.

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AuthorCristin Burton
CategoriesTutorials

Bigstock contributor Alisa Foytik has a knack for delicate and detailed artwork. Her collection boasts an impressive array of holiday-themed vectors and patterned imagery. Foytik's royalty-free illustrations are perfect for a variety of uses, like holiday cards, flyers, and more. Browse through some curated selections of her work below, each one available for downloading. Happy holidays.

 
 
 
 
 

Now that you're fully in the holiday spirit, check out our curated collection of even more royalty-free illustrations from Alisa Foytik. Happy downloading.

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AuthorAshley Hefnawy

This week's free image is a stunning, sun-splashed silhouette of a woman walking on the beach. As we prep for the winter chill here in NYC, we can at least turn to this photo for a little warmth. The image will be available for free downloading until 11:59pm EST, Sunday December 21st, 2014.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor Ondrooo, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of snowmen, sunsets, and people taking selfies. Happy downloading. 

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AuthorBrian Masefield

Holidays, Christmas trees, menorahs, family gatherings, and that satisfying post-dinner bloat. These are the things to look forward to in the coming weeks. Oh, and gifts, lots and lots of gifts. We came across some adorable, practical, holiday-themed gifts to help inspire your shopping. All of these - and more - can be found in our Happy Holidays shop on Zazzle, and (as of this writing) are available for under $30 each. Just click on the image for ordering info. Happy shopping.

Put A Holiday Stamp On It

Perfect for "Thank You" notes, these holiday stamps would make a great host/hostess gift. 

A Tin For Your Things

Cute knick knacks and surprises await inside this adorable gift. (Cute knick knacks not included.)

Sweet Treat

Give "tasteful" joy to a loved one with these scrumptious shortbread cookies.

Hot Chocolate In A Knitted Mug

Okay, it's not actually knitted, but how cute is this thing?

A Beautiful Bottle Opener

Put it on your fridge as a pleasant surprise for party guests. It's too easy.

Poppin' Bottles All Day

A puzzle + coaster in one! Perfect for New Year's Eve parties.

Pillows That Pop

See stars with these accent pillows. Festive, fluffy, and fun!

For more gifts of the season, check out our Holiday shop on Zazzle.

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AuthorAshley Hefnawy
CategoriesFun Friday

The transition from one year to the next is always reason to celebrate. Even if you've had a less-than-wonderful year, a new one is right around the corner. So, why not throw a New Year's Eve bash? And, if you're looking for some unique backgrounds for your party invitations, you're in luck!

We've put together a royalty-free collection of exactly that. Each image is available for downloading, so you can start creating your very own invites today. Happy planning.

 
 
 

Is your New Year's cup bubbling over with ideas? There's even more cool royalty-free backgrounds in our curated Happy New Year collection below. Download away.

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AuthorAshley Hefnawy
CategoriesGalleries

Did you know that you can make your own Photoshop brushes? It's true! In this quick tutorial, I'll show you how to make a custom Photoshop brush out of this Bigstock vector. Start by opening the vector in Adobe Illustrator

In the Layers palette, find the part of the vector that you would like to use as a brush. Select it. 

Make sure that the shape is pure black (#000000) and at 100% opacity. Then, with the shape still selected, hit command-C (or Control-C, if you're on a PC) to copy it.

Then go to Photoshop, and open a new document at 300 dpi. Hit command-P (or Control-P on a PC) to paste the object. You will get a prompt. Leave the selection on Smart Object and click OK.  Click Enter on your keyboard to place the object.

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With the Smart Object selected, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset.

You will be asked to name the Brush Preset. In this example, I am naming it "distress". It will be saved in your Brush Presets. 

To use your new brush, open a new document. While in the Brush tool, select the pull-down menu. Look down at the bottom of your brushes and there it is. Select it!

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Now you can paint with that brush. In this example, the brush I have made acts as a texture, or a way to distress things in Photoshop. 

In the following image, I have made a box and then used the Eraser tool with my new brush to distress the box. 

And of course, if you go to the Brush palette, you can flip or rotate the angle of the brush.

So, I can now distress a different edge. 

Please Note: You can use any shape as a brush, and it doesn't have to be a texture. You can turn a butterfly vector into a brush and use it to scatter little butterflies on photos. You can also take your logo and turn it into a brush to use as a watermark. 

I also recommend checking out the Adobe Brush app. With this app, you can take photos, or anything saved in creative cloud library, and turn it into a brush. The brush will be saved in your library and you can simply open up Photoshop and load the brush. Give it a shot!

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AuthorCristin Burton
CategoriesTutorials

In America, it's easy to forget that some of our most favorite pastries are not native to this country. Take bagels, for instance. They originated in Poland, though most people would associate them with New York City, or some other mecca of good bagel-making. 

So, to shake up National Pastry Day (December 9), we've decided to spotlight royalty-free photos of gorgeous pastries from all over Europe. Bon appétit. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Need more baked goodness? Download any of the royalty-free images in this post, and many more from our curated lightbox of photos. Happy downloading. 

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AuthorAshley Hefnawy
CategoriesGalleries

This week's free image is red, green, and shining bright, but it has little to do with Christmas. Even so, this delicious photo of a fresh strawberry is sure to delight your clients and communities all year round. The image will be available for free downloading till 11:59pm EST, Sunday December 14, 2014.

The photo comes to us from Bigstock contributor Davizro Photography, from a collection that also includes royalty-free images of books, babies, and holiday bows. Happy downloading.

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AuthorBrian Masefield

There's a Christmas tradition of children leaving cookies out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Seems the least they can do, really, considering the elderly gent is schlepping a giant bag of stuff all around the world. Santa's effort aside, we'd be hard pressed to part with the cookies shown in our latest curated collection. So, in honor of Mr. Claus, and National Cookie Day (December 4), we proudly present the following royalty-free holiday cookie photos.

Each image is available for downloading. Leaving them out for St. Nick is up to you. Happy holidays.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hungry for more? Check out our curated Holiday Cookies collection below, filled with royalty-free treats. Happy downloading.

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AuthorBrian Masefield
CategoriesGalleries